I’m not using BBI to fight Ruto, Uhuru now insists
Ruto’s oppositionRuto at the weekend declared his opposition to the BBI by discrediting the ongoing regional consultative meetings held by Raila as an avenue to engage in 2022 campaigns.
SEE ALSO :Renewables top 90pc of Kenya’s powerUhuru yesterday insisted that BBI was the only thing that will save the country from the cycle of election-related violence. He reiterated his stand that the country should come out of the winner-takes-all mentality which has created the violence. “It is time for consensus. We are building it through the BBI process. In this process of renegotiation, all voices will be heard,” said the President. “The BBI process is inclusive. It should spell the end of ethnic majoritarianism. It will be the end of winner-takes-all politics. We are on a path to end the cycle of election chaos. This is the only path to winning the economic kingdom.” Uhuru also took a swipe at political leaders who are continuously politicking instead of pushing the development agenda.
SEE ALSO :It pays to put cash in empowering people“Political power pursued for its own sake will not make us the great nation we want to become. We must, therefore, use politics to shift the economy and address the plight of the most vulnerable members of our society,” he said. “We must use politics to better the livelihoods of Kenyans. If we use politics as a means to a greater end, we will give it meaning.” He said that there was need to give economic development priority as opposed to focusing on politics. He noted that the trend of setting the country into a campaign mood all the time is what is impoverishing Kenyans. “I want the economy to be a more important focus than politics. And this is because our practice throughout history has been to pursue the political kingdom as opposed to the economic kingdom. But that focus has been wrong. It is the reason we still have remnants of poverty despite the years of progress we have made.” the president said. He cited 1960, 1990 and 2008 when the country came together and “renegotiated” its nationhood. “We must give ourselves a different political template if we are to truly prosper and not be dragged down by never ending squabbling,” the President said. “Every so often, the nation must come together and renegotiate its nationhood. We did it in Lancaster in the 1960s leading to the Lancaster Consensus. We did it in the 1990s, and then in 2008.”
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